*This post is part of the #authortoolboxbloghop
I’m yet to meet a writer who hasn’t experienced some sort of self doubt. Am I good enough? Is my story original? Doubting yourself is natural, especially when you have poured your heart and soul into your writing. We all want our work to be appreciated and enjoyed, no matter what our medium.
I am here to tell you five important points that I want you to remember:
1. No one can write your story, but you. Your originality will translate if you let it. Don’t compare yourself to others, because you can never be them, nor they you.
2. Consistency, hard work, and perseverance are the best traits to have for success. As long as you produce something that you are proud of, then you have already won.
3. There isn’t a right or wrong way to write. Some writers plan every detail, some are pantsers. Some writers produce a first draft in one month, some two years. Do what works for you.
4. Even the most revered authors get crappy reviews. JK Rowling has 1* reviews for Harry Potter on Goodreads. You can’t please everyone, and to be honest, you shouldn’t try to. Taste is subjective.
5. Finally, writing is not a competition. When writers stop competing and start boosting each other, then we can finally see how unique and individual everyone’s process and story is.
That last point is why I signed up for #authortoolboxbloghop. I love the idea of writers producing content to help each other and encourage each other.
Self doubt is natural, but surround yourself with people and resources to give you the strength to keep plodding on with your story.
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